By Chris Mueller. From Stevens Point Journal. Originally posted: June 17, 2015. Original Article.


An 11-year-old girl who was hurt in a Portage County all-terrain vehicle crash that left her brother dead has been released from a hospital.

The girl was discharged Tuesday from Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, according to Carla David, a public relations and communications manager for Ministry Health Care.

The girl was flown to the hospital after the crash, in which she was a passenger on an all-terrain vehicle driven by her 12-year-old brother, who died as a result of the crash, according to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office.

The names of the siblings have not been released by authorities, but an obituary identifies the boy as Tanner Simonis and the girl as Emily Simonis, both of Custer.

The crash was reported at about 7:21 p.m. Monday on private property in the 2800 block of Vincent Lane in the town of Sharon, according to the Sheriff’s Department. An off-duty nurse was performing CPR on the boy when paramedics arrived at the scene, but he could not be revived.

The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, was driving on a field lane and lost control of the vehicle as he was approaching an opening between a barn and fence, according to a summary of the crash from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The crash is still being investigated by the DNR, with assistance from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and the Portage County Coroner’s Office. The Wisconsin State Patrol, Rosholt Fire Department and Portage County Ambulance also responded.

There have now been 10 deaths in Wisconsin this year as a result of all-terrain vehicle crashes, according to Gary Eddy, ATV and snowmobile administrator for the DNR. There were 27 deaths — a record high — in the state in 2014.